Congratulations to the 158 runners who completed this year's Kirkintilloch 12.5k road race on Sunday, February 21 - what many competitors described as one of the toughest road races in Scotland!
Although the traditional course had to be changed due to the thick ice on sections, the alternative 'out and back' course was no less challenging and met with approval from many of the runners.
Kirky's Kerr Conquers the Hills
Stuart Kerr from the organising club, Kirkintilloch Olympians, showed his ability to navigate the climbs to complete the 12.5k route in 42:34 minutes, nearly two minutes faster than his previous best time. For Stuart Campbell in second, running for Arbroath & District, the journey proved well worthwhile, clocking a time of 43:22 to finish more than one minute ahead of local athlete, Louis O'Hare who timed 44:57.
Another Day Another Hilly Race
Arran Road Runner, Jennifer Emsley conquered the course to finish in 21st place overall and the first female finisher with a time of 51:21. Having placed 29th the day before at the National Cross Country championships, Jen's performance was all the more creditable. Clydesdale Harriers super veteran, Pamela McCrossan was second female 44 seconds behind with Alison Kerr, who celebrated her 35th birthday earlier this month, finished third women and first FV35 with 54:10.
In the team competition, the local athletes took first places in both male and female categories, with Scott Lawrie getting special mention as the third member of Olympians male team, and the first junior runner - an impressive 5th place overall. Even more impressive given that the under 17 year old had placed 33rd in the National XC the day before.
For the majority of the runners however the task was to beat their previous best times on this course. Many achieved this, enjoying the ideal sunny but cold conditions.
Race organiser Robert Rogerson and the team of marshals from the Olympians ensured that all the runners finished safely. All runners were rewarded with goody bags and much appreciated tea/coffee and home baking back at the school.
Full Individual Prize List:
First male: Stuart Kerr
Second male: Stuart Campbell
Third male: Louis O'Hare
Fourth male: David Hughes
Fifth male: Scott Lawrie (first junior)
First female: Jennifer Emsley
Second female: Pamela McCrossan
Third female: Susan Addison
Fourth female: Hazel Downie
Fifth female: Fiona Dawson
1st male vet 40: Gary Mitchell
2nd male vet 40: Gerry Craig
3rd male vet 40: Colin McNair
1st female vet 35: Alison Kerr
2nd female vet 35: Annmarie McCaffrey
3rd female vet 35: Marina McCallum
1st male vet 50: Hugh Laverty
1st male vet 60: Frank Murphy
1st female vet 45: Marie McChord
1st female vet 55: Maggie Hendry